Haslemere's Charter Fair
Haslemere's first Fair was reportedly held in 1394 by order of Richard II and the Bishop of Salisbury.
Towards the end of the 16th century the town seems to have become rather impoverished and the market and fair more or less abandoned.
This trend was reversed in May 1596 when Queen Elizabeth I granted a Charter to the town reinstating the fair and the market and also confirming the town's right to elect two Members of Parliament.
Reviving the tradition in 1984 a dedicated group of volunteers from Haslemere and its surrounding villages organise the Charter Fair every other May.
The main streets in the town are closed to traffic allowing the thousands of attendees to enjoy fairground rides and lots of stalls offering a wide range of products and services.
The 2016 Fair will once again enjoy Haslemere's Town Criers Competition, which has been added to the revelry. We do hope you can join us.